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Owls stars support 'Be a Hero' campaign

22 September 2015

Owls stars Liam Palmer and Joe Wildsmith are supporting the Yorkshire-wide ‘Be a Hero’ campaign which aims to encourage more people in the region to sign up to the Organ Donor Register.

The campaign, launched by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) in July, has seen more than 13,000 people across Yorkshire sign up to the donor register in just six weeks.

Dr Simon Flood, one of the clinical leads for Organ Donation at LTHT, said: “I’d like to thank Sheffield Wednesday and their players for sharing the ‘Be a Hero’ message to their fans.

“Together, we are asking people to think about their wishes in advance, talk to their families and record their 'donation decision' on the donor register. One donor can save the lives of nine other people.

“We’re delighted by the fantastic response but we still need more people to record their wishes on the register. It would be great if, in the future, the generosity of Yorkshire people meant everyone in our region got a transplant in time."

Wednesday goalkeeper Wildsmith added: “It’s really positive to be involved with this campaign and we hope that more people will sign up to the donor register.

“We are proud to be working with Organ Donation UK and hope that more people sign up to help hundreds of people every day.”

The Leeds Transplant Centre at LTHT has been providing complex specialist organ transplantation services for the Yorkshire and Humber region for over 25 years. 

It is the third largest liver transplant unit in the UK, a leading centre for ‘live related’ transplants and a regional centre for renal transplants. 

You can find out more about organ donation and join the NHS Organ Donor Register by CLICKING HERE or by calling 0300 123 23 23 - please remember to reference the Yorkshire 'Be a Hero' campaign.

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